The Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. announced the nominations for the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 13, 2004, at 5.30 am PST. Animation fans will be happy to know that THE INCREDIBLES landed a nomination in the Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy category. Toons have won the category before TOY STORY 2 took the award in 2000.
The L.A. Film Critics awarded the Pixar powerhouse Best Animation and Best Music Score, which went to Michael Giacchino. On the visual effects front, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS knifed Best Foreign-Language Film and received a runner-up nod for Huo Tingxiaos cinematography.
The Visual Effects Society will honor Robert Zemeckis (THE POLAR EXPRESS) with its second Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 VES Awards ceremony, to be held Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium. George Lucas, chairman, VES Awards Honorary Committee, was the first recipient this year.
Canadian broadcaster TELETOON won the Boomerang Grand Prix "Version Internet d'un média télé" (Television Broadcaster Category) for its Website, www.teletoon.com, on Dec. 1, 2004, in Montreal. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious Boomerang is the only award that recognizes Internet productions and multimedia created by or intended for the Quebec market.
On Dec, 6, 2004, the Sundance Institute announced its lineup of short films for 2005. Out of 3,887 submissions, 82 flicks were chosen 10 of which are animated.
The animated shorts include:
9 (Director: Shane Acker)A BUCK'S WORTH (Director: Tatia Rosenthal)THE MEANING OF LIFE (Director: Don Hertzfeldt)MOTEL (Director: Thor Freudenthal)THE BIRTHDAY / Finland (Director: Kari Juusonen)FALLEN ART / Poland (Director: Tomek Baginski)IT'S LIKE THAT / Australia (Director: Southern Ladies Animation Group)
The winners of the prestigious Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) Awards were announced during the AEAF Awards ceremony on Dec. 5, 2004, at 7:00 pm. Featured as part of the Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) at the Sydney Convention Centre, the AEAF Award is Australias top industry award recognizing and rewarding excellence in 12 categories of competition.
The winners are:
Feature Film AnimationPOLAR EXPRESS, Sony Pictures Imageworks
ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 2004 Annie Awards, which will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex theatre in Glendale, California. Just leading the features is THE INCREDIBLES, from Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures with 16 nods while there are 14 for DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE, with seven each.
The Korean-produced clay animated film DOGGY POO, won a Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). The film, released by Central Park Media, won in the category of 2004 Videos and DVDs for Preschoolers.
The 2004 British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards, presented in association with the LEGO Co., announced its winners on Nov. 28, 2004. BRUSH HEAD from Toon Disney/Dandy Productions/Disney Channel UK took home the Best Animation prize. The other nominees include: THE BLUE DRAGON from Lambros Atteshlis, Malcolm Hartley, Fiona Shore, Glasshead Ltd/C4; GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS from Honeycomb Animation/Elephant Prods./Carlton/CiTV; and METALHEADS from Denise Green, Chris Hermans, Ben Townsend and TV Loonland/BBC.
The 9th annual Asian Television Awards has announced its nominees. The 34 awards will be dolled out on Dec. 2, 2004, in Singapore. The Best Animation nods went to GOKUSEN from Nippon Television Network (Japan); JOURNEY TO THE WEST from Eastern Broadcasting and YOYO TV (Taiwan); LEGENDS OF THE RING OF FIREWHY THE SUN CHASES THE MOON from Walt Disney Television (Singapore); and THENALI RAMAN from MediaCorp TV 12 and Vasantham Central (Singapore).
In the American Film Institutes on-going AFI's 100 Years series, AFI will highlight the 100 best movie quotes. AFI'S 100 YEARS . . . 100 MOVIE QUOTES: AMERICA'S GREATEST QUIPS, COMEBACKS AND CATCHPHRASES will count down America's 100 greatest lines of dialogue spoken in the movies, as chosen by experts of the motion picture community, in a three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network in June 2005.
Below is a list of the four lines from animated films that made the 400 nominees.
The American Film Institute Film Festival honored The National Film Board of Canadas RYAN by Chris Landreth with a special honorable mention in the short film category. Additionally, RYAN was recognized at the Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month with the World Animation award.
Under the new leadership of exec director Eric Roth, The Visual Effects Society (VES) is looking to the film industry to beef up its star power in announcing the Honorary Committee for the 2005 VES Awards being held Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium. Chaired by George Lucas, the committee includes Peter Jackson, John Lasseter, James Cameron, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Peter Ellenshaw, Roland Emmerich, Ken Ralston, Richard Taylor, Stan Winston, Dennis Muren, Ed Zwick, Doug Trumbull, John Swallow, Paula Wagner, Danny DeVito, Samuel Jackson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television has announced the winners of this years BAF Awards as part of the 11th Bradford Animation Festival, which took place on Nov. 13, 2004. The BAF Awards celebrate the best new animation from around the world. This years event received a record 1,065 film submissions from 52 countries -- a 78% rise on last years submissions.
The complete list of winners:
Grand Prix (overall winner)
The 2004 AFI Awards were held in Melbourne, at the Regent Theatre on Oct. 29, 2004. Sejong Parks BIRTHDAY BOY, which recently won the animation prize at the Chicago International Childrens Film Festival, received the AFI Award for Best Animation. The Moonlight Projects AFI Award for Best Foreign Film went to LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, announced today (Nov. 10, 2004) this years Winsor McCay award recipients, Don Bluth, Virginia Davis and Arnold Stang. These are juried awards recognizing lifetime achievement or exceptional contributions to the art of animation.
Famed Russian animator and director, Yuri Norstein, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government, reports the NewsRu.com. An official release said the animator received the award for remarkable services to Japan.
Norstein is best known for his films THE HEDGEHOG IN THE FOG and THE TALE OF TALES. Due to production and funding problems, the filmmakers adaptation of Gogols THE OVERCOAT has been in production for years.
Vancouver-based composers Ari Wise and Brian Carson garnered a Gemini nomination for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series for Bardel Ent.s SILVERWING series. Wise and Carson won the 2003 Leo Award and a 2003 Gemini nomination for Best Musical Score for an animated program for Bardels holiday special THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE.
The Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west will present its seventh annual Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement in the medium to Jack Mendelsohn at its annual reception at 7:00 pm, Nov. 4, 2004, at WGAw headquarters in Los Angeles.
Held on Nov. 1, 2004, the British Television Advertising Craft Awards, in association with AFM Lighting, hand out its honors at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The awards were dominated by Sony PlayStation MOUNTAIN commercial, which was shortlisted for 10 out of 20 categories. Produced by Gorgeous Enterprises for TBWA/London, the spot landed six awards, including one awarded in recognition of The Mill's post-production.
The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, recently wrapped-up its seventh year, Oct. 23-30, 2004. Award winning REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER from Alexander Woo garnered the Best Student Film-Animation prize and Siddharth Achrekars DIVYA won the Best SCAD Student Film and Runner-Up for Best Student Film-Animation.
REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER follows the adventures of Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher, as he attempts to dismantle another Nazi plan for world domination.
Over the weekend of Oct. 29, 2004, ION International Animation, Games and Short Film Festival awarded its competition prizes. Adding to its impressive list of accolades, Chris Landreths RYAN took home the animation award. Previously announced awards went to DPS Film Roman for 20 years of excellence in animation and Fleischer Studios garnered the first Max Fleischer Lifetime Achievement Award.